teams came to do battle at the 2012 Amsterdam
Fives, two remained – El A Dees and CEPL. It was
England versus Holland for the ultimate prize.
were treated to a game that was worthy of a final
which was full of goals, entertainment and watched
by a supportive crowd who thoroughly enjoyed it.
The best thing about the final was that as the
two teams took to the field it was a 50/50 guess
on who would come out on top. The two teams had
met earlier in the day and drew 1-1 so that gave
us no clues other than the two teams were well
A Dees were looking in fine form and moving through
the gears with just 1 defeat in their 6 games
and their last two wins were 6-2 and 3-0. They
also boasted the most lethal striker in the tournament
in the form of Oliver Wood with 11 goals in 6
games thus far and you wouldn't bet against him
adding to that tally here.
also had just the 1 defeat in 6 games but would
be full of confidence entering the Final having
just taken the prize scalp of Athletico Do Hollande.
If they could recreate that performance then El
A Dees would have their work cut out.
was CEPL who dealt the first blow when Krzysztof
Szwagrzyk put his team 1-0 up. CEPL had certainly
started the brighter and with the opening goal
had the wind in their sails. They looked more
likely to add to their lead as the first half
continued and none more so when they were through
on goal, one-on-one with the goalkeeper until
James Staz came from nowhere to scythe down the
CEPL forward just outside the penalty area. The
referee gave the free kick and Staz was hugely
lucky not to see red for a professional foul (not
a dangerous tackle but certainly denying a goalscoring
opportunity). Staz stayed on the pitch, El A Dees
defended the free kick and the score remained
rub salt in the wounds, not long after that incident,
Oliver Wood found himself unmarked at the back
post to make it 1-1. It was El A Dees first real
chance after early CEPL domination and CEPL could
certainly feel aggrieved. In no time at all it
was 2-1 as El A Dees were sparked into life and
it was Gaz Lawrence who scored it. CEPL would
wonder how they were behind but El A Dees were
back in form and playing good football. Half-time,
the second half barely underway we had parity
again at 2-2 as Szwagrzyk scored his second of
the game and we had a really exciting Cup Final
on our hands. Goals were coming in bursts in this
game and CEPL were not level for long as Oliver
Wood made it 3-2 – it was Woods second of the
game and there were goals a plenty in this Final.
match was end to end and the 6 th goal went the
way of CEPL (Adrian Tezyk) to make it 3-3. Time
was running out and just as there was talk of
extra time and penalties CEPL took the lead for
the first time since early on as Ariel Golinas
put his team 4-3 up. Before El A Dees had chance
to respond it was 5-3 as Golinas put the icing
on the cake and surely that was the winner. It
was. Final score 5-3 in a breathtaking game of
winners of the 2012 Amsterdam Fives – CEPL.
was some personal consolation for El A Dees as
their comrade Oliver Wood emerged to win the top
goalscorer prize with a fantastic return of 13
goals in 7 games. A great achievement and a well
deserved trophy to you.
congratulations also to Wilhelmus in the Plate
competition. We would like to take this opportunity
to thank all our teams who participated in what
was a great day's competition. It was a pleasure
to host you all and great to share a few beers
at our post-tournament drinks in the evening.
We hope your head's on Sunday morning were not
as heavy as ours!
hope to see you all again at a tournament very